Mid-18th century French fan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - Fans were not only made of painted silks, vellum and other textiles. Others, called brisé fans, were made by carving harder materials into sticks that could be strung together to form a fan. This example is made entirely of mother-of-pearl that has been intricately carved, gilded, and pieced together. When I see something like this, I find myself in awe of the craftsmen who did all of this - by hand.
An Art Nouveau mother-of-pearl fan with jewelled and enamelled gilt-metal mounts, J. Th. Heinze, Dresden, circa 1910. The Brussels mixed lace leaf with flowers and scrolls, the gilt-mounted veneered mother-of-pearl guards each applied with a colourful enamelled peacock perched on a cabochon sapphire-set openwork flowering plant, each signed J. Th. Heinze, sapphire pivot, mother-of-pearl and ivory sticks. #ArtNouveau #Heinze #fan
(Circa 1875) ~ Carved ivory Brisé fan entirely made up of nineteen closely spaced blades. Guards carved in high relief of sheaf of wheat, edges of blades carved to correspond when closed. White silk connecting ribbon. Ivory hook, long chain and chatelaine attachment for belt fastened to ring of fan.
AN ART NOUVEAU HORN FAN, CHARLES HAIRON, PARIS, CIRCA 1910. The slender guards and sticks carved as angelica flowers, the painted silk leaf cut out over net with purple-tinged angelica flowers further embellished with tinted spangles, amethyst-set rivet, signed on guard: C. Hairon. #ArtNouveau #Hairon #fan
Queen Alexandra's Coronation Fan, English, 1902. White ostrich feathers, tortoiseshell guards set with diamonds. This magnificent fan was made for Queen Alexandra at the time of the coronation in 1902. #QueenAlexandra #coronation #fan